This is a continuation of our 2011 off season team needs series. This time we take a look at the AFC North.
QB- Ben Roethlisberger
RB- Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Isaac Redman
WR- Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown
TE- Heath Miller
Needs – Nothing at the offensive fantasy positions
The team is set at quarterback with Roethlisberger for years. Same with Rashard Mendenhall at running back. Hines Ward will be retiring but Sanders and Brown look like they should be able to fill the void there. Heath Miller is more than adequate at tight end.
QB- Joe Flacco
RB- Ray Rice, Willis McGahee
WR- Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason
TE- Todd Heap
Needs – wide receivers
The receiving group of this team is getting very long in the tooth. Mason is contemplating retiring. They don’t know if they will bring back Donte Stallworth or TJ Houshmandzadeh at all. Boldin is getting older. Some talented youth at the wide receiver position would serve them well. Todd Heap is getting old as well. The team did draft Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson last year at tight end. The jury is still out on their talents.
QB- Carson Palmer???
RB- Cedric Benson???, Bernard Scott
WR- Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell, Jordan Shipley
TE- Jermaine Gresham
Needs – quarterback and running back
Let’s face it. Two things, Carson Palmer wants out of Cincinnati and he is definitely aging. The team could use a new quarterback to groom. The team may also not bring back Cedric Benson. Plus he’s not that reliable anyway averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry for his career. The team also needs a running back. I think the team has the receivers they need to succeed. Jerome Simpson is a big vertical threat. Jordan Shipley is that Wes Welker, moves those chains type of receiver. Jermaine Gresham gives them another big target in the passing game.
QB- Colt McCoy
RB- Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty
WR- Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie
TE- Benjamin Watson
Needs – wide receivers
This teams greatest need is at the wide receiver position. When your tight end is your team receptions leader you definitely have a wide receiver problem. This position needs to be addressed pronto or the offense will never progress into anything that can produce with any kind of consistency.